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Expecting the Unexpected: Serendipity, Discovery, and the Scholarly Research Process

The authors found that there is a spectrum of discussion in the information studies literature: at one end, accidental discovery of unknown information is seen as a fundamental method of scholarly information seeking (Cooksey, 2004); at the other end, chance information encounters are rejected as having a useful role to play in academic practices at all (Gup, 1998). The purpose of this paper is not to take a position on that debate but to share some of what SAGE has learned about the dynamics of unplanned discovery and how information professionals can encourage this type of unplanned discovery to drive better research outcomes.
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University-based Open Access Publishing

This report sketches the landscape of university-based not-for-profit publishing in Europe with a primary focus on open access publishing of journals. It aims to provide an understanding of the different types of initiatives in terms of size, operational and business models, technologies used, stakeholder involvement, concentration of scientific fields, growth, as well as regional characteristics. On account of the wealth and diversity of the different initiatives taking place in Europe and elsewhere, this report cannot be perceived as comprehensive. Rather, it points to important issues that need to be addressed, while gathering as much information as possible and highlighting particular cases of interest, which serve to illustrate the various points made.
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University Faculty Awareness and Attitudes towards Open Access Publishing and the Institutional Repository: A Case Study

The purpose of this study was to understand TAMU faculty awareness of open access (OA) publishing; assess their attitudes towards, and willingness to, contribute to an institutional repository (IR); and investigate their perceptions of newer OA trends and resources, including Open Educational Resources (OER) and DMPTool. The survey also served as an outreach tool to inform and educate TAMU faculty about OA publishing, the IR, and the Libraries' OA services.
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Enhancing Access to E-books

The objective of the study was to determine if summary notes or table of contents notes in catalogue records are associated with the usage of e-books in a large university library. A retrospective cohort study, analyzing titles from three major collections of e-books was employed. Titles were categorized based on the inclusion of the MARC 505 note (table of contents) or MARC 520 note (summary) in the catalogue record. The usage was based on standardized reports from 2012-2013. The measures of usage were the number of titles used and the number of sections downloaded. Statistical methods used in the analysis included correlations and odd ratios (ORs).
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Success Strategies for Electronic Content Discovery and Access

Libraries strive to get the right resources in front of users where and when they need them. The E-Data Quality Working Group identified data quality issues in libraries' electronic content, which directly affect users' ability to find and use library resources. The library's discovery and access systems play an important role in helping users sift through and access the large amount of electronically published content. But users face a major barrier to discovery and access to these resources if the bibliographic metadata and holdings data are not of sufficient quality. This whitepaper offers solutions for the efficient exchange of high-quality data among libraries, data suppliers and service providers
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